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Euro 2020 To Be Delayed Until Next Summer

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UEFA are expected to suspend the Champions League and Europa League, postponing Euro 2020 for a year, but only after a meeting on March 17, claim L’Equipe.

It was announced today that UEFA were organising a summit via videoconference with representatives of the 55 members associations, boards of the European Club Association, European Leagues and FIFPro to discuss “European football’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Discussions will include all domestic and European competitions, including UEFA Euro 2020. Further communication will be made following those meetings.”

L’Equipe claim one decision has already been made, as UEFA are expected to announce that Euro 2020 will become Euro 2021.

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France Drawn Alongside Germany And Portugal

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After the draw was announced, France coach Didier Deschamps said: “It’s the most difficult group, but we have to accept it, that’s the way it is. This will require the French team to be ready immediately.”

What Deschamps was talking about was the Euro 2020 draw Group F that includes holders Portugal, and the most recent two world champions in France and Germany, all three of whom reached the semifinals in 2016. Whichever team makes up the numbers via the playoffs, it will be hard to avoid the thought they have simply won the right to finish bottom.

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France Win World Cup

Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.

In a match that had a bit of everything, Mario Mandzukic scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final to put France in front at the Luzhniki Stadium, only for Ivan Perisic to equalise.

However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty put France back in front after Perisic’s handball was penalised with the aid of the video assistant referee, before Pogba and Mbappe both scored in the second half.

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Au Revoir, Les Bleus

Team France was put out of its misery today with a listless 2-1 loss to host nation South Africa in Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. In what has to be the most shambolic collapse since Phidippides ran the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens, Les Blues were sent packing after enduring tantrums, a coach with Mousse aux Cèpes for brains, a Director of Football Operations with the temperament of the runway model and a line drawn in the sand that was almost hilarious in it’s timing except that the French team was actually representing its country.

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French Players take Day Off From Training

vive la franceIt was a remarkable day in the French camp today at the World Cup.

One day after the French Football Federation sent Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka home for launching a verbal attack on coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of the game against Mexico, the French players refused to train.

A statement read to the media from the players said:

“All players without exception want to declare their opposition to FFF decision to exclude Nicolas Anelka.  The statement added the players were angered the Anelka-Domenech row had become public and criticised the FFF, “which at no time tried to protect the squad”. However, the players vowed “to do everything individually and collectively so that France regains its honour [against South Africa] on Tuesday”.

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Anelka Sent Packing By France

Anelka BurgerNicolas Anelka got a jump on his summer holidays ahead of his Frence teammates as France announced they had sent the Chelsea striker home from the World Cup following a dressing-room bust-up with French coach Raymond Domenech.

Anelka was asked to apologise by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes and, upon refusing to do so, was asked to leave the squad.

“He will leave the Team France camp this evening,” said a statement posted on the FFF website on Saturday.

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France – Yoann Gourcuff – a Hero and a Culprit

Yoann Gourcuff (GB) à l'échauffementIn the aftermath of the French footballing tragedy Yoann Gourcuff is seen as both the culprit and the hero. In the build up to the tournament Raymond Domenech decided on a fluid attacking system, three attackers behind a solitary striker. Frank Ribery was going to provide the flair, Florent Malouda and Sidney Govou were going to provide the width, Nicolas Anelka was going to run into space and try to finish off the moves. Behind the solitary striker and three attackers Yoann Gourcuff was going to orchestrate it all.

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Did Henry handball cause France a #1 seed?

FIFA has officially announced its seedings for Friday’s World Cup draw. The big surprise is in the #1 seeds which does not include France.

The eight seeded teams in the draw are: Brazil, Spain, Holland, Italy, Germany, Argentina, South Africa and England. That means that Portugal, currently ranked fifth in the world rankings, and France, who are seventh are now in the European pot four and none of the seeded teams will look forward to playing either country.

Before the World Cup playoffs began, it was expected that France would be one of the seeded teams at the expense of Holland, but the fallout from the handball continues as France’s path to the knockout rounds just got a lot harder.